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Thermaltake Element S review

Kat Orphanides
14 Mar 2010
Thermaltake Element S
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
77
inc VAT

The Element S is spacious and looks good, but flimsy construction and some unusual cable routing requirements failed to impress us.

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Thermaltake's Element S looks rather snazzy, with a matt-finished metal and plastic shell and a bright red edge around the door on its front fascia. Behind the door, nine drive bay blanking plates include sound insulation and dust filters. The power and reset buttons, along with the usual USB, eSATA and audio ports, are on a panel at the top of the case.

Both the rear and sides of the case were prone to flexing. The matt black interior edges weren't quite as well finished as those of Antec's similarly priced Nine Hundred Two, but none were sharp enough to do us any damage.

The power supply has to be mounted in a separate bay below the motherboard. The top of the bay, which also bears mounting points for two 2.5in laptop drives, has to be removed before you can insert your PSU. Unfortunately, the PSU enclosure requires careful routing of the cables, which means that not all of them will necessarily be able to reach across the length of your case.

The case's main bay is generously proportioned bay and leaves plenty of room for even large components. The rear blanking plates can't be re-attached once removed, so there's nothing to protect your system from dust if you remove components later. There are plenty of fans and mounting points, including 230mm fans in the top and side panels, but we'd have liked to see more dust filters.

Although it's a bit noisy, the case looks good and has decent airflow. However, we weren't impressed by the Element S's cable-shortening PSU mounting and somewhat flimsy construction, especially as Fractal Design's Define R2 costs just £5 more.

Details

Price£77
Rating***
Casemidi tower

Ports

USB ports2
Total Firewire ports0
Total eSATA ports1
Headphone portyes
Microphone portyes

Physical

Size540x230x505mm
Weight8.7kg
Internal Drive bays 3 1/2in7
5.25in drive bays3
Fan mounts2x 60mm, 2x 120mm, 1x 140mm
Fans supplied2x 120mm

PSU

Supplied PSUno
StandardN/A
FansN/A
Power supply wattageN/A
Motherboard connectorN/A

Buying Information

Price£77
Supplier
Detailshttp://elements.thermaltake.com/

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